SHOPKEEPERS’ fears have been confirmed after Sainsbury’s announced they have agreed a deal to build on the land they occupy.
Business owners in Green Lane and Station Approach in Northwood had been unsure about their future until the Gazette revealed yesterday (Thursday) that Transport for London (TfL) has agreed the sale of the land to Bride Hall Developments.
TfL had informed them about the potential sale but tenants were hoping alternative plans could be discussed at a public meeting on July 1.
Farah Condor, owner of Senses Wellbeing in Station Approach, said: “If the sale has been agreed then what is the public meeting for? “The shopkeepers were in the process of finding out if we could be the freeholders and were going to suggest it at the public meeting, but they have agreed the sale without telling us.
“If they waited for the meeting they might have realised no one in Northwood wants a Sainsbury’s.”
She said shop keepers had not received any correspondence from TfL confirming the deal as of June 21.
“I feel this is so underhand. My heart has sunk to the floor hearing this news from the Gazette,” she said.
“Sainsbury’s now has full control so it’s inevitable what’s going to happen.”
Graeme Craig, director of commercial development at TfL said: “Bride Hall is now responsible for taking a scheme through the planning process and is currently developing their proposals which will be subject to consultation with the local community.”
The sale is conditional on planning consent being granted.
The public meeting is being held at Northwood Methodist Church, Oaklands Gate, at 8pm on July 1.